Lot #55
James Joyce and Henri Matisse

Sought-after limited edition jointly signed by author and artist
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Sought-after limited edition jointly signed by author and artist

Signed book: Ulysses. Limited edition, numbered /250. NY: Limited Editions Club, 1935. Hardcover, 9.25 x 12, 363 pages. Signed on the colophon in fountain pen by James Joyce and in pencil by Henri Matisse. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG+/None, in a VG+ slipcase.

One year after the decade-long ban on publishing Ulysses in the United States was lifted, George Macy of the Limited Edition Club commissioned Henri Matisse to illustrate a deluxe edition of Joyce's masterpiece. While Joyce was excited to have such a prominent artist illustrate his work, he and Macy were somewhat disappointed to find that Matisse did not read the book and based his artwork entirely on Homer's ancient epic The Odyssey. The resulting book, featuring six original soft-ground etchings by Matisse and twenty reproductions of his preliminary drawings, was published in a limited edition of 1500, with all signed by the artist but just the first 250 copies also signed by Joyce.

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  • Auction Title: August
  • Dates: April 20 - May 09

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